Our Community

Located in the heart of Illinois, SIU Medicine is advancing healthcare through education and research. Discover the beauty of our community right here in Springfield.

About Springfield

Springfield is the capital city of Illinois, with a growing population of more than 120,000. The sixth largest city in Illinois, Springfield is more than just the home of Abraham Lincoln. It’s a culturally and ethnically diverse mid-sized American city located in the heart of Illinois.

Springfield offers the benefits of Midwest living: comfort and convenience, with the amenities and attractions of larger cities, such as St. Louis and Chicago, within easy reach. There are five daily trains traveling from Springfield to both cities, or if you prefer to drive, it is just three hours (190 miles) to Chicago and 90 minutes (90 miles) to St. Louis.

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Cost of Living

There are many advantages to living here. One that is universally important is the cost of living. When compared to larger metropolitan areas in the region, necessities like groceries, housing and utilities can be as much as 50 percent less in Springfield.

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Springfield has a strong public school system and a variety of private schooling options. There are also many opportunities for continuing education via secondary and higher education learning institutions. Two of them are Lincoln Land Community College and the University of Illinois Springfield.

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Medical Community

As a medical community, Springfield is the hub of care for central and southern Illinois. It is also a center for education, research and innovation excellence. This is possible through partnerships between the Southern Illinois School of Medicine, SIU Medicine, Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital. As a medical professional in our community, you will not only practice practical and cutting-edge care -- you can help shape the future of health care!

Illinois State Capitol Dome

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Springfield is rich in arts, culture and history.  Tour the art galleries and museums.  Catch a live local band or enjoy an evening with the symphony.   There is so much to do it’s hard to mention it all in a few short sentences.

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Lake Springfield


Among its many recreational amenities, Springfield has 32 parks, a 4200 acre lake and miles of running, walking and biking trails. For golfers there are 10 area golf courses including “The Rail Golf Club” -- a Golf Digest Magazine 4-star rated course. 

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